Le Tigre to tour the UK and Europe for the first time in 18 years this summer

Le Tigre
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Le Tigre, the electronic post-punk band founded by Bikini Kill vocalist Kathleen Hanna, have announced their first dates in the UK and Europe for 18 years.

The trio reunited last year to play their first show in 11 years at last August's This Ain’t No Picnic festival in Los Angeles. 

Having been booked to play Spain's Primavera Sound festival in June, the group - Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and JD Samson - have now added a clutch of club dates around their festival plans.

Le Tigre will play:

Jun 01: Barcelona, Primavera Sound, SPA
Jun 03: London Troxy, UK
Jun 05: Manchester, Albert Hall, UK
Jun 06: Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom, UK
Jun 08: Madrid, Primavera Sound, SPA
Jun 09: Porto, NOS Primavera Sound, POR
Jun 11: Paris Le Trianon, FRA 
Jun 14: Amsterdam Paradiso, HOL
Jun 16: Berlin Huxleys Neue Welt, GER 
Jun 17: Hamburg Markthalle, GER

Tickets for the shows will go on sale on the Le Tigre website on Friday, January 27.

Speaking about the band's reunion to Spin last year, Fateman said, "We went in really different directions after we stopped playing shows in 2005. JD has become a professor. I’m an art critic. Kathleen has done various nonprofit work, and then she did the Julie Ruin and then Bikini Kill reunited. We had more than a decade to just be individuals again, and then come back together, bringing more to the project.

"In some ways, it feels like no time has passed at all. We’re reconnecting as friends and bandmates and finding that dynamic again, and we’re also letting the lyrics and our original ideas resonate with the present." 

Hanna's other band, Bikini Kill, are set to tour Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 25 years in March, ahead of an extensive US tour in April.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.